My poetry folio.

Wild Apples, Eight Poems Inspired by the Woods

Anthologized for my 2019 “Sun Shadow Ice & Snow” exhibit, this foldout folio includes eight poems inspired by or actually written on the Panhandle Trail and the surrounding woods.

I’ve created a small folio of my poetry inspired by my walks on the trail and in the woods with art and photos interwoven. I have eight poems written while actually on the trail or in the woods, or written afterward, gathered from my visual impressions, my experiences, my thoughts and dreams as I wander in nature’s welcoming spaces.

It isn’t a book at all, but a poster-sized sheet printed on both sides and folded in quarters.

My poetry folio.

My poetry folio.

Here are a few lines of the featured poem as an example:

Wild Apples

At a bend in the trail,
The scent of wild apples greets me.
A tree abandoned from an old orchard
Or sprung up on its own from old stock, wild and uncultivated,
Stands trailside,
Heavy with small round burnished apples.
The late summer heat releases their scent,
Sweet and tart, that the world may know they have reached their prime;
The wild perfume of the coming season.

From another tree one single leaf lets go
And falls, papery, dry and curled, slipping through branches
Clattering to the summer-hardened clay of the trail,
Loud in the silent heat of the August afternoon.
Months before,
Winter lost her grip, and, one by one,
The wildflowers of spring began to bloom,…

You can read the rest of this poem on my writing website, or purchase the folio.


Wild Apples
Field of Grass
Chance Beauty
Raspberry Dreams
The Changing Sky
A Little Thaw
Ripened Color
Things I Found in the Woods

Time spent in nature gives me the freedom to expand my thoughts, touching all my senses and leading me to a greater, deeper, even new understanding of myself and my world. Poetry is a perfect way to express that.

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